Step 1: Tools & Materials
image 2 - Thick Aluminium wire, Thin cooper wire
image 3 - Hard Cardboard tube
image 4 - Needle nose plier, small wooded dowel
image 5 - Pack of JewellerySaw blades
image 6 - Hobby screw with drill bit attachment
image 7 - Metalwork file ( square, flat, round shape )
Step 2: Coiling & Cutting 1(large Ring )
image 2 & 3 -Attached the saw blade to jewellery saw. Making sure the saw blade is tightly attached to the jewellery saw frame.
image 4 - Begin sawing the coiled Aluminium wire from the top downwards.
image 5 - Jewellery saw blade tend break very frequently. Unrfortunately this part does require a bit of practices and patience.
image 6 - Replace saw blade and continue cutting.
image 7 & 8 - The result of sawing. Now repeat the cutting process till you finished cutting the whole coil
Step 3: Coil Cutting 2 (Small Ring)
image 2 - Setup and prepare jewellery saw for cutting.
image 3 - Start cutting the aluminium coil.
image 4 - Repeated the cutting process.
image 5 - The end result. Two sets of cut aluminium coils.
Step 4: Making the Rings
image 2 - Carefully squeeze the plier to joint the two halfs
image 3 & 4 - Process is repeated to all coils
Step 5: Cleaning Up
image 2 & 3 - Begin to remove mark made during the plier and sawing step.
image 4 - Cleaning the inside surface.
image 5 - The cleaned end result
*Sandpaper can also be use for and even cleaner finish.
Step 6: Layout and Planning
Step 7: Adding Colour
PCL (Polycaprolactone) is a bio plastic that can be soft in warm/hot water to the consistency of chewing gum. It is very pliable in its soften state and very hard when cool.
Place some PCL pellets in a shallow cup of warm/hot water and as the plastic gets heated it becomes transparent meaning it is now pliable. Mix some colour PCL to make a Red and yellow colour blob. Take the blob of PCL and divided it into small ball. Take the small ball of PCL and squzeed it into the rings (image 6) . Repeat this step to all the rings
Step 8: Making Holes
image 3 - laying out the necklace pattern
Step 9: Making the Linked
image 4, 5, 6, 7 - Start inserting the "S" shape hooks into the hole on the Plastic. Repeat this step until all rings are linked.
image 8 - The end result of linked rings
Step 10: Completing the Neacklace
image 1 - Take leftover copper "S" and begin coiling one side of it
image 2 - Take one side of the cut ID chain and insert it into the coil. Tighten the coil so the chain is now attach to the copper "S"
image 3 - Repeat on the other side
image 4 - Now insert the hook half itnto the end of the ring necklace.
image 5 - Repeat on the other side
image 6 - And this is the end result. A ring neaklace
I hope you have found this walk through useful. Feel free to ask question or leave a comment.